Take a look at these portions of an infographic shared with us a couple of weeks ago by our ministry partners at Camp Stevens in Julian, California. Here's why Christian camping is an important part of faith formation:
Some of those statistics seem kind of crazy, right? Do you see this in your own ministry? The statistics that get to us the ones about youth ministry support and funding. There's only so much we can do with young people in our parishes.
But, we're not alone! By partnering with camping ministries, we can help our young people have some of these experiences:
Camp is a place where our young people can form their faith in alternatives settings. Camp is an important place where we learn the meaning of community and build intentional, life-long relationships with others. Camp is a place where our young people can spend time away from the busyness of their lives and grow in their relationship with God and with others.
Camp is an important part of lifelong faith formation. We have several opportunities for summer camp in our own diocese. We welcome children in kindergarten through fourth grade to attend one of our summer day camps through our City Camp program. You can learn more about City Camp here!
We also have a partnership with Camp Arrowhead in the Diocese of Delaware. We encourage all parents and youth ministers to consider sending their students for a session at this residential, outdoor summer camp. You can learn more about Camp Arrowhead and their programs here.
If you have any questions about camp or camping ministry, or how you can encourage your families to participate, contact the Office of Youth Ministry. We'd love to help you make camp an important part of your Christian formation programs! As a start, you can download the complete infographic at The Power of Camp website (which also has other great resources, too).
Did you attend summer camp growing up? What life-changing experiences did you have? Share them with us in the comments section below!